I’m not sure why, but when I think of eating quinoa, my mind goes straight to breakfast. I’m sure that’s not normal, as the majority of quinoa recipes I come across are for savoury sides and salads, but I tend to think of quinoa the same way I think of oatmeal.
Quinoa often referred to as a “power food”. It may be because it’s a grain that is a complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids. It could also be because it is high in iron, calcium, magnesium, and the B vitamins, not to mention that it’s a great source of fibre.
Also being a lover of dried fruit, I try to incorporate it into as much as I can manage. I spent last year’s Christmas vacation eating fruitcake and drinking lattes for breakfast every morning. If only I could eat fruitcake for breakfast every morning… but I can’t. Or at least I shouldn’t.
What I should be doing is indulging in a great healthy alternative that incorporates my loves of hot cereal and dried fruit, and this is how I did that this morning.
[Recipe] Breakfast Quinoa with Dried Cranberries, Dates, and Cinnamon
1 Cup Dry Quinoa
2 1/2 Cups Water
1/4 C Dried Dates, chopped
2/3 C Dried Cranberries
2 tsp Ground Flax
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Combine the quinoa and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil.